We’re just about a year out from when the nation conducts a decennial census and city leaders in Macomb are making sure they’re ready.
Macomb Mayor Mike Inman has appointed more than a dozen people to a Complete Count Census Committee, which includes other city leaders.
Right now, the census in Macomb is 21,500. That’s a number Inman said he thinks will decrease this time around. He said that’s why it’s important to get an accurate number right away as the city’s federal and state funding for schools, hospitals and other sectors like manufacturing, are decided by population.
“If you don’t have the base well established, in other words the initial count is not fully engaged in by as many people as possible, then you’re starting from a weak foundation to build on that’s the importance of this committee,” Inman said.
He said the committee plans to focus on ways to make sure those 18 to 24 year old and the elderly population participate in the census.